ARL Statistics Questionnaire 2011–2012 · 33
Question 9. Other operating expenditures. Exclude expenditures for buildings, maintenance, and fringe
benefits. Include computer hardware and software.
Question 10. Fringe Benefits. Include here the dollar amount of fringe benefits. If fringe benefits are not paid
from the library budget please provide an estimate. Use the institution’s official designated percent for your
estimation. For example, if the library budget for salaries and wages is $2,000,000 and the official designated
percent is 30%, multiply $2,000,000*.30 = $600,000 and report the estimated amount of $600,000. As another
example, if the official designated percent is 30% for professional staff and 20% for support staff, estimate
the dollar amount by multiplying the salaries for professional staff and the salaries for professional staff with
the appropriate percent and sum the totals.
Question 11. Official designated percent. Please report here the official designated percent for fringe benefits
for the institution. If the official designated percent is 30% for one type of employee and 20% for another type,
report here the designated percent for professional library staff. Please provide explanatory footnotes as needed.
Question 12. Consortia/Networks/Bibliographic Utilities Expenditures from External Sources. If the library
receives access to computer files, electronic serials or search services through one or more centrally-funded
system or consortial arrangements for which it does not pay fully and/or directly (for example, funding is
provided by the state on behalf of all members), enter the amount paid by external bodies on its behalf. If the
specific dollar amount is not known, but the total student FTE for the consortium and amount spent for the
academic members are known, divide the overall amount spent by the institution’s share of the total student FTE.
PERSONNEL AND PUBLIC SERVICES
Questions 13–13c. Personnel. Report the number of FTE (full-time equivalent) staff in filled positions, or
positions that are only temporarily vacant. ARL defines temporarily vacant positions as positions that were
vacated during the fiscal year for which ARL data were submitted, for which there is a firm intent to refill, and for
which there are expenditures for salaries reported in the Expenditures section.
Include cost recovery positions and staff hired for special projects and grants, but provide an explanatory
footnote indicating the number of such staff. If such staff cannot be included, provide a footnote. To compute
full-time equivalents of part-time employees and student assistants, take the total number of hours per week (or
year) worked by part-time employees in each category and divide it by the number of hours considered by the
reporting library to be a full-time work week (or year). Round figures to the nearest whole numbers.
Exclude maintenance and custodial staff.
Report figures for the following groups of personnel:
Question 13a. Professional Staff. Since the criteria for determining professional status vary among libraries,
there is no attempt to define the term “professional.” Each library should report those staff members it considers
professional, including, when appropriate, staff who are not librarians in the strict sense of the term, for example
computer experts, systems analysts, or budget officers.
Question 13b. Support Staff. Report the total FTE (see Personnel, above) of staff are not included in Professional
Staff.
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